Should Bush Officials Be Tried?

A Spanish court has agreed to review requests that a criminal case be instituted against several Bush officials including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. They are being charged with encouraging torture of prisoners at places like Guanatanamo. Human rights lawyers have brought the case to the attention of anti-terror judge, Baltasar Gonzalo Boye. Spanish law allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture or war crimes. There were requests for a similar indictment against Israel officials, but the Spanish government made clear it would halt such proceedings.

Judge Boye is arguing that some of the prisoners who were tortured were Spanish citizens which thus allows his nation to intervene in such cases. The focus of the proposed indictment is not against those who actually conducted torture interrogators but against higher level officials who gave sanction to such behavior.

Most probably, the best manner of dealing with this issue is for creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States to get at the root of these charges.

  • mitch

    Why is Spain/Europe so concerned with the speck in the American eye? I’m not privy to European news; does Spain also protest the boulder in the Arab eye, as Muslims promote the little jihad (war against infidels) while ignoring the big jihad (war against their own inner evil), and prove repeatedly that the word “hypocrisy” is hugely inadequate to describe their worldview? I’ve read that European media love to slam America while ignoring much of the dhimmitude (am I using this word correctly?) in their own backyards……more hypocrisy and slanted worldview. And if the Muslims don’t like the story, they employ taqiyya, the blessed deception. Religion of peace? Then why do the Muslims not only lust to kill the infidel, they also love to kill each other, Shia against Sunni? Moderate Muslims? WHERE? We never seem to see them, we just hear about them.

    Seems Spain could spend its time more fruitfully on more honest concerns.

    Or is Spain just a trainwreck now, since the Madrid bombings?

  • Fred Stopsky

    Spain is among the few countries whose courts can initiate legal action dealing with crimes against humanity that originate in other nations. the Spanish government is not the initiator, it is their courts.